Ben and Jerry's Factory
There was a small herd of us waiting for the tour to begin in the lobby of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Stowe, Vermont. Our tour guide rang a loud cow bell and shouted, “If you’re here for the tour, it’s time to get a mooooove on.” We all chuckled hesitantly and then, not unlike cattle, we moved slowly through the door to the factory. The factory was very small, which surprised us since Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has been such a big success. 33,000 gallons of ice cream are made each day, one flavor taking up the entire factory’s attention for 72 hours at a time. At the end of the tour, we each were given a sample of Cookies And Cream ice cream in a small compostable cup (spoons weren’t provided as the company tries to reduce plastic waste). Nearly 10,000 visitors take the tour every week. That’s a lot of samples.
For those who aren’t satisfied with just a sample, ice cream can be bought at the shop just outside the factory (be prepared to wait a while). A playground and flavor graveyard are just a short walk away as well.